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Mowing Down Peaceful Agitators

August 4, 2007

Mowing Down Peaceful Agitators

WITH further intensification of the land struggle of the poor in Andhra Pradesh led by the 195 mass organisations, the repressive measures of the Congress government assumed inhuman proportions, shedding the blood of the agitators. Seven innocent people were killed including a woman, at Mudigonda in Khammam district in police firing. 16 others were injured.

At Mudigonda, when about one thousand poor people were conducting rasta roko, a circle inspector and another sub inspector of police entered into arguments with the agitators, demanding them to give up raasta roko and threatened them of resorting to lathicharge.

Reviling the local CPI(M) leader, Bandi Ramesh, the police started beating him up black and blue. When the agitators were questioning the police action and trying to release him from the clutches of the police, the additional SP, who arrived there with additional police forces, ordered firing.

The police, which now included anti-naxalite squad personnel in plain clothes who carried AK-47s, started to fire on unarmed peaceful agitators without any prior warning. It is mandatory that the police first announce to the people its intention to resort to firing, and then fire in the air and later if necessary fire below the waist. None of this was followed. In the indiscriminate firing by the police, four people died on the spot and another two people, who were injured in the firing, died while being shifted to a hospital. The seventh person died three days later in a hospital in Hyderabad. All of them had bullet wounds above the waist. One aged person was fired on the head.

Another sixteen people were injured in the firing. The police fired 100 rounds which reflects their brutality.

Anti-naxal squad in plain clothes shooting the agitators with AK-47s.The Grey Hyenas are
trained Death squads which have murdered hundreds of naxalites and naxalite sympathisers
in the last few years.The State has now started using them on civilians

An old feeble man shot directly in the head
Her husband dies in her lap

Protestors scuffle with police
Policewomen play tug of war with a activists hair



Half dead people being rushed to hospital by civilians

A policewoman strangling an agitating landless laborer.

Dead bodies piled up after the police fired more than 100 rounds on unarmed protestors

As


All they wanted was do bigha zameen… all that the government could give
them was bullets..

When Industrialists knock on the doors of the state the government machinery falls at
their feet and gives them hundreds of acres of land at throwaway prices
but when poor and landless laborers demand the land which is rightfully their own
the government shoots them dead !

A government of the rich,by the rich ,for the rich .

Andhra government extends ban on Maoists

August 1, 2007

Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday extended the ban on CPI-Maoist and seven of its frontal organisations for a further period of one year. The group known as Peoples War Group (PWG) was first banned in 1991.

The state cabinet, which met in Hyderabad on Wednesday, took the decision to extend the ban on Maoist outfits, under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act, in view of the continuing Maoist violence in the state.

Briefing newsmen after the cabinet meeting, Information and Public Relations Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy said the ban would be extended till August 16, 2008 on CPI-Maoist and its frontal organisations, namely, Radical Youth League (RYL), Rythu Coolie Sangham (RCS), Radical Students Union (RSU), Singareni Karmika Samakhya (Sikasa), Viplava Karmika Samakhya (Vikasa) and All India Revolutionary Students Federation (AIRSF).

The ban on CPI-Maoist and frontal organisations was relaxed in 2004 but was re-imposed on August 17, 2005, following the killing of then Congress MLA Chittem Narsi Reddy and nine others by a Maoist action team at Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar district on Independence Day.

The ban came nine months after the peace talks between the Maoists and the state government began in October 2004.

HT

Land clash sets off tit-for-tat game- Left settles Nandigram scores with sack cry

July 30, 2007

From Resistanceindia

Mudigonda (Khammam), July 29: Handed its own Nandigram in Andhra Pradesh, the CPM is using it to settle the Bengal Nandigram scores.

Politburo member Sitaram Yechury demanded the resignation of Congress chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy for yesterday’s police firing in this village that killed four Left land activists and two by-standers.

“Reddy demanded the resignation of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on account of police firing in Nandigram. He should quit on the same grounds,” said Yechury, who has rushed here with other Left leaders.

The CPM appears to have decided to use the tragedy at Mudigonda, 15km from Khammam town and 211km from Hyderabad, to polish its pro-landless image and offset its mistake in Nandigram.

Unlike Bengal, where the CPM is acquiring plots for industry in the face of Opposition-led farmer protests, the Marxists have joined theCPI in Andhra to agitate for land for the poor.

The firing happened during a Left bandh to protest the Congress regime’s failure to keep its poll promise of handing vacant government land to the urban homeless to build houses and the rural poor to cultivate.

A mob had attacked the revenue divisional officer’s (RDO’s) office at Mudigonda, burning documents and furniture, when the police caned them, fired tear gas shells and then 70 bullets.

Yechury and CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta claimed the police had fired on peaceful protesters.

Police hide

Mudigonda today bore close parallels with Nandigram. The administration seemed to have collapsed amid simmering public rage, with most personnel having deserted the police stations in Khammam town and Mudigonda, which are being guarded by the reserve police.

The police’s morale appears to have been hit after the government transferred Khammam police chief R.K. Meena and suspended his deputy, additional superintendent M. Ramesh Babu. A circle inspector and a sub-inspector, too, have been suspended.

The police may not have expected such a carnage. ASP Ramesh Babu, believed to have ordered the firing, left the scene in plain clothes, a resident said.

“He took off his uniform and escaped in a lungi and T-shirt borrowed from a constable,” said schoolteacher Harinarayan, 46.

The bodies are still lying in front of the collectorate. Since morning, supporters of the Left, who have called another bandh, have been descending on Khammam.

As in Nandigram, motley Opposition leaders — such as the Telengana Rashtra Samiti’s K. Chandrasekhar Rao and the Telugu Desam’s N. Chandrababu Naidu — are making a beeline for the carnage site.

But not a single Congress leader dared follow them. S. Chandrasekhar, a minister from the district, chose to slam the Left from his secretariat chamber in Hyderabad.

‘AK-47s, SLRs’

Tales of police brutality and charges that they used self-loading rifles (SLRs) and AK-47s have worsened the government’s worries. “For the first time, state police used AK-47s,” Naidu alleged.

Neither the police nor the government has so far denied the charges.

The bloodstained RDO office compound and the road leading to it are strewn with bricks, handbags, torn shirts and saris, battered mobile phones, half-eaten food packets and empty water bottles. They lie side by side with police batons and bamboo shields, metal hats, cartridges, unexploded teargas shells and official wireless sets.

Witnesses said one of the policemen had provoked the protesters, prompting some to throw stones and some others to barge into the office.

“A sub-inspector lost his eye in the stone throwing,” an officer countered.

“The policemen seemed to be waiting for such a thing to happen. Within minutes, we heard gunfire from all three corners. It went on for 15-20 minutes,” said Bagaru Babu, a farmer who was watching from a half-closed shop nearby.

Residents said 40 to 50 people were injured in the stampede and lathi-charge. “The police beat up the protesters with metal lathis and bamboo and wooden sticks,” said Veerabhadra Rao, a demonstrator.

Five people with head and kidney injuries are in hospital, three of them in a coma, the police said.

The government has announced Rs 5 lakh for the family of each of the dead and Rs 50,000 for each injured.

Housing irony

The site of the land battle, ironically, is a place where the government had been touting its showpiece housing project for the poor.

Mudigonda is dotted with 500-600 half-finished houses, being built under the Indiramma project, which features 25 lakh houses across the state, each with a portrait of Indira Gandhi in front.

The Left says the houses are too expensive at Rs 40,000-45,000 and wants free plots for the poor instead. The Congress accuses it of playing politics.

http://www.telegraphindia.com

Four Naxals surrender

July 11, 2007

Tuesday July 10 2007 14:15 IST

WARANGAL: Four Naxals belonging to different revolutionary groups surrendered before the police in the presence of Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra here on Monday. One CPI (Maoist) commander, one secretary and commander of CPI (ML) Janashakthi and one Dalam member of CPI (ML) New Democracy laid down their arms.

CPI (Maoist) Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) fifth platoon commander Alem Nageswar Rao alias Seshu, a native of Thupakulagudem of Eturnagaram mandal in Warangal district, joined the party in 1997.

He carried a reward of 20,000 on his head. He was involved in six offences during his underground life. An illiterate Vallapu Mallesh alias Jeevan alias Ramesh, a native of katrapally of Sangem mandal in Warangal district, worked as secretary of CPI(ML) Janasakthi Warangal, Khammam area committee went underground in 1992.

Janasakthi Khammam district Manuguru area commander E Venkata Swamy alias Devanna and New Democracy Krishna Dalam member B Yakaiah alias Ramakanth were among the surrendered Naxalites.

On this occasion SP Soumya Mishra gave away a reward of Rs 5.40 lakhs to six surrendered Maoists. She also distributed Rs 40,000 as immediate relief for eight surrendered Naxalites of various groups.

Newindpress

Two maoists of (CPI-ML) Praja Pratighatna group killed in Andhra

July 11, 2007

Hyderabad, June 22 : Two Maoists were killed Friday in a gun battle with police in Andhra Pradesh’s Warangal district.

The extremists, belonging to Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) Praja Pratighatna group, were killed near Mallampalli in Warangal, about 200 km from here.

Police said the two were ‘dalam’ or armed squad commanders of the Maoist outfit.

They were identified as Mahabubabad area ‘dalam’ commander Bhaskar alias Srinivas and Tirmulgery area ‘dalam’ commander Srinivasulu.

Pratighatna is one among half a dozen splinter outfits of CPI-ML and is mainly active in pockets of the backward Telangana region. The most powerful of the outfits is CPI-Maoist, earlier known as CPI-ML People’s War.

The CPI-Maoist, which has been lying low for the last few months due to killing of its several top leaders, is reportedly re-grouping in Nallamalla forests, its stronghold in the state, and planning attacks on the Andhra-Orissa border areas.

Meanwhile, state Home Minister K. Jana Reddy told newsmen in Kurnool district Friday that police were on full alert to foil any attempt by Maoists to regroup in Nallamalla forest, which is spread over Kurnool and four other districts.

He said police were coordinating with its counterparts in neighbouring states to keep a vigil on the movements of Maoists.

Maoist stir hits AP’s tribal belt

July 4, 2007

HYDERABAD — The statewide shutdown called by Maoists in Andhra Pradesh yesterday to protest the recent killing of their top leader by police in an alleged fake encounter disrupted normal life in some tribal areas of the state.

The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) called for the shutdown to protest the killing of Maoist leader S. Rajamouli. The shutdown has affected normal life in tribal areas in Warangal district in Telangana, where another top Maoist leader was gunned down by police Sunday, and Visakhapatnam district bordering Orissa.

As a precautionary measure, the state owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) suspended bus services to remote areas in Maoist infested districts of Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Khammam, Mahabubnagar and Visakhapatnam.

Khaleej Times

Maoist leader killed in AP

July 1, 2007

Hyderabad, July 1: A top Maoist leader, carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was killed in an exchange of fire with police in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh today.

The Naxal leader was killed when a special police party combing the forest area near Medaram village Tadwai mandal exchanged fire with Maoists, police said.

The deceased was identified as Ch Paparao alias Somanna (48), a secretariat member of North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) for over last 15 years.

Somanna, who also worked as secretary of Warangal and Karimnagar districts, was involved in 31 offences including 14 murder cases, police said.

The police recovered one AK-47 rifle, carbine, pistol and four kitbags from the spot. (Agencies)

Chennaionline

Top maoist leader falls to cops bullets

June 24, 2007

Hyderabad, June 23: CPI (Maoist) second-in-command Sande Rajamouli, the man who had nearly succeeded in killing former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, fell to police bullets last night in the latest blow to the rebels in insurgency-hit Andhra Pradesh.

The 47-year-old Naxalite leader had 120 cases against him in Chhattisgarh, Andhra and Orissa; was on the wanted list in seven other states and had a cash reward of Rs 16 lakh on his head.Sande Rajamouli maoist leader

Sande Rajamouli


Rajamouli, also known as Prasad, headed the group’s operations in Karnataka and was said to be the No. 2 in the CPI (Maoist) hierarchy after national secretary Muppala Lakshman Rao (Ganapati).

The encounter also claimed a woman guard of the Maoist leader while another rebel escaped under cover of darkness.

Andhra police said the exchange of fire took place near the Dharmavaram railway station in Anantapur district. “They kept running and fired at the police who retaliated, killing Prasad on the spot,” said district police chief Stephen Ravindra.

“The woman rebel died in hospital later. Another injured Maoist escaped,” Ravindra added.

Rajamouli, who was also a member of the central military commission of the rebel outfit, had masterminded the October 1, 2003, landmine explosions that nearly killed Naidu while the Telugu Desam boss, then the chief minister, was on his way to the Balaji temple near Tirupati.

The blasts had ripped apart Naidu’s bullet-proof vehicle but he escaped with fractures to his left collarbone and wrist.

Rajamouli’s death is the latest in a series of setbacks the CPI (Maoist) has suffered in Andhra, where State violence has claimed more than 7,500 lives since 1969.

The outfit, which has lost several leaders, including its top boss in the state, last year, had brought the Karimnagar native back to Andhra to regain control of former strongholds like the Nallamala forests.

Telegraph

Wanted Maoist leader held in AP

June 7, 2007

Wanted Maoist leader held in AP

Warangal, June 7 (PTI): A top Maoist leader carrying Rs 3-lakh reward on his head has been arrested here, police said Wednesday.

Kodavati Kumara Swamy alias Naganna was active in Mahaboobnagar district and was also a member of South Telangana Zonal Committee, District Superintendent of Police, Soumya Mishra, told reporters here.

Swamy was one of the prime accused in the killing of IPS officer Paradeshi Naidu five years ago. Naidu was then the SP of Mahaboobnagar district, she said.

Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed Swamy who was in the city to meet his ex-colleague and surrendered Maoist, G Rajireddy alias Shyam.

The Maoist leader was accused in as many as 14 cases, including killing of eight police personnel and attack on three police stations, the SP added.

Naxal rehabilitation not a smooth affair

June 5, 2007

Naxal rehabilitation not a smooth affair

Kakinada, June 04: Several Naxalites — from ordinary dalam members to commander level — have surrendered mostly on health grounds and unable to withstand the hard life in the interior forests, taking advantage of the government’s policy inviting them to join the mainstream.

In East Godavari district itself, as many as 77 naxalites have surrendered since 1984. But the rehabilitation is not smooth and the authorities are facing a piquant situation in facing the queries of the surrendered.

Reward amount

Though the authorities are able to provide Rs.5,000 to each of them towards immediate relief soon after surrender, they face problems in paying the reward amount. As against nine naxalites surrendered since March 2005, the reward amount has been cleared in case of one Jartha Lakshmi, deputy commander of SGS Srikakulam, that too only part payment .She was surrendered on August 6, 2005 and of the total Rs.50,000 reward amount recommended, only Rs.20,000 was paid to her and the balance of Rs.30,000 is pending. Among eight others, Naragoni Manjula, deputy commander of AOB SZC and wife of Gopanna, is to get Rs.3 lakhs and Naine Adilakshmi, member of Nagavali LOS Srikakulam division, is yet to receive the Rs.2-lakh reward amount. The authorities have sent the proposals promptly but remain pending at the government level.

While the reward amount is to be released from government, the district administration has to provide land and other financial assistance for their speedy rehabilitation.

Interestingly, a majority of the surrendered are refusing to take the government land provided, as they are not cultivable and require lot of investment for development. Official sources say that nearly 60 per cent among them have refused to take the land. The banks or the government agencies are averse to finance them owing to problem of loan recovery.

`No’ to farm land

Another interesting thing, according to official sources, is that some of them who are in area committee secretary cadre, are refusing to accept the governmental assistance openly, for fear of dangerous consequences from the Maoist leadership. As a result, so far eight surrendered naxalites have been given the agricultural lands, six got house sites, while one has been financed for purchase of a tractor another with a truck, two have been given jeeps. Two surrendered naxalites died much before they received the package.

–Agencies

Siasat

MNC’s make pre-emptive strikes against maoists

May 28, 2007

The MNC’s clearly know that the Maoists are eventually going to
come after them one day and hence they are trying to do their
bit to counter them.

MNCs break youth away from ultra-Left bastion
SUBHOMOY BHATTACHARJEE
Posted online: Friday, May 25, 2007 at 0040 hours IST

HYDERABAD, MAY 24: It might shock many, but multinationals like McDonald’s and Dell and even domestic firms like Group 4 Securitas are seeking to employ people from naxalite-infected districts of Andhra Pradesh.

To utilise cheap labour that rural India offers, several companies have tied up with an Andhra Pradesh-based government organisation Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) to source employees from the districts. The tie-up had already generated 40,000 jobs for students of Rural Retail Academies in districts like Karimnagar and Medak and other places in 2006-07.

According to T Vijay Kumar, CEO of SERP, which runs these academies, the target for placement in 2007-08 is one lakh people. For companies, the reliance on SERP makes sense since the booming economy has made it difficult to procure employees for the less glamorous jobs from even the small towns.

Vijay Kumar says, based on the inputs provided by companies, the training centres seek enrolment of candidates. “The advantage of this approach is they already have an assured placement after their training in specific trades,” he said.

The first bout of recruitment was naturally for security guards (SERP is now running 22 security academies). But candidates have now moved up the value chain to include construction and other “soft skills” too. The institutes provide about three months of training to the youth. Since the job-profiles are known, the training focuses on specific skill sets.

The project director of Karimnagar district, T Chiranjeevulu, says about 1,000 young men and women were weaned from the naxalite-affected blocks of his district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, last year. He acknowledges that while the impact of the project will take time to be comprehended, the tales of job availability are spreading.

A look at the addresses of the men and women who have graduated from the institutes buttresses his claims. For 2006-07placements, the list of companies that visited these ‘campuses’ included Reliance Fresh, Food World, Trinetra Birla, Futures Group and the former Hindustan Lever.

Since most of those recruited have managed to retain their jobs, the companies are finding the route a viable alternative to the staid employment exchanges. SERP is also planning to target more districts in the state, and is banking on the robust growth rate of the economy to keep the demand for manpower flowing in.

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Gaddar receives threatening calls

April 9, 2007

Gaddar receives threatening calls

HYDERABAD: Balladeer Gadar said on Friday that there was a threat to his life as he was receiving threatening calls from some persons and organisations.
gaddar ballad singer revolution
Speaking to reporters here, he said that he received a threat letter in the name of Budala Srinivas alias Agastha Reddy threatening him not to participate in the programmes of ‘Telangana Dhoom-Dhaam’.Gadar said he was receiving threat calls from Warangal and Nizamabad districts and the complaints to police in this regard went in vain.

He alleged that the police had failed to trace the persons who made the calls. He also criticised the police for their failure to nab the persons who made attempts on his life in 1997.‘‘The police closed the case stating my involvement in various organisations,’’ he alleged. He sought the chief minister to order a re-investigation of the case and for appointment of a commission to take his views.

Gadar said that Maoist leader Vadakapu Chandramouly had mentioned in his diary that there was a threat to Gadar’s life. The diary was seized by the police and they should disclose its contents, he demanded.

In support of him, Telangana Sangharshana Samithi and the student organisations of SC, ST, BC and Minority also warned the government of an agitation if anything happens to Gadar.

Andhra Cafe

Journalist Arrested

April 5, 2007

Scribe arrested
Thursday April 5 2007 00:00 IST

UNI

WARANGAL: Former president of Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) Warangal district unit P V Kondal Rao was arrested along with another person for their links with Naxalites.

District police said Mr Rao and Ch Prabhakar were arrested and a huge amount of money meant for procuring party literature and other items for the Maoist, Naxals was seized from them.

According to Ghanapur station circle inspector Muralidhar, a Maoist party member Gajerla Ravi alias Ganesh sent Rs 5 lakh to Mr Kondal Rao, who had been associated with the Naxals for a long time.

He was supposed to hand over the same to Ch Prabhakar, state convenor of Bhumi Commission, residing at Hyderabad.

On credible information, a special police team raided the house of Kondal Rao on Wednesday at China Pendial of Ghanpur Mandal and apprehended the two.

Indian express

AP would thwart Moists attempts : Jana Reddy

April 2, 2007

Home minister K. Jana Reddy on Tuesday said that the Andhra Pradesh police would thwart any attempts of Maoists to attack jails and free their comrades.

The Special Intelligence Branch that deals with intelligence on Maoists had put out an alert that the extremists may resort to mass attacks in areas on the borders of Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

Reacting to the report, Mr Reddy said, “Not only jails, Maoists can strike at any place. We will give a fitting reply.” Police had increased security at jails, particularly in Maoist-affected regions following mass attacks in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh last year. Mr Reddy told mediapersons after the passing out parade of jail warders, “We too have
information that Maoists are discussing attacks. We are concentrating on security at the borders.”

He added, “We will be using intelligence alerts properly and there is no need to worry.” The State has 123 sub-jails of which three have been closed due to lack of security. There are nine district jails and seven central prisons. After the attack on Jehanabad jail in Bihar, the State government shifted most of the Maoist prisoners to high security
central prisons.

A senior police official on condition of anonymity said, “Sub-jails are most vulnerable, particularly those in border districts like Khammam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. But there are no Maoists in the sub-jails. In district jails, there are only Maoists facing trial.”

The Warangal central prison could be the most potential target as most Maoist leaders are lodged there, the official said. But “attacking central prisons is a difficult task. There is lot of difference between jails in Bihar and Chhattisgarh and our jails. We have more security. But we can’t rule out an attack,” the official said. The State police is
studying the various jail attacks in Bihar, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

“On November 13, 2005, about 1,000 Maoists and their supporters attacked Jehanabad jail in Bihar and released a large number of Naxal prisoners. On March 24 last year, at least 400 persons attacked a sub-jail in R. Udayagiri in Orissa and freed 40 prisoners. On April 15 they attacked the Narayanpur sub-jail in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh and exploded mines. We have learnt lessons from them. In Andhra Pradesh it will
not be easy,” said a jail official.

“We are filling up vacant posts in the jails department. Jammers will be set up in jails to block mobile phone usage,” he said. “The government was examining the file regarding grant of remission to eligible prisoners,” he added. At least 253 warders passed out of their training on Tuesday. Director general of police M.A. Basith and prisons department Chief Jayachandra took part in the parade.

Andhra Cafe

Naxal leader Merugu Sambaiah surrenders

March 27, 2007

Naxal leader Merugu Sambaiah surrenders
Monday March 26 2007 12:01 IST

WARANGAL: Most wanted Maoist naxal leader Durgam Ramanaiah alias Dilip alias Masa alias Ravi (30) along with his wife Bellamkonda Sarakka and another senior leader Merugu Sambaiah surrendered to the police in the presence of Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra. He was said to be invloved in the Koraput jailbreak in 2004, in the attack on the security establishments the same night and on the police station at Eturunagaram in Warangal district.

Merugu Sambaiah (55) alias Suramma alias Naganna, associated with the movement for about three decades is secretary of the West Bastar division committee and member of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC). He is also one of the organisers of Maoist party mobile political academic school and carryies a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head.

Bellamkonda Sarakka alias Kala (24), is commander of Chaitanya Natya Manch of Maoist party in DKSZC operating in Chattisgarh. Ramanaiah is currently the Central Military Commission (CMC) instructor and is responsible for conducting military training camps for the cadre and top leaders of the Maoist party. He escaped with five weapons after the jailbreak in Koraput.

Ramanaiah, a native of Tadvai mandal was attracted to party since his school days at Eturunagaram in 1993. He joined the Radical Students Union (RSU) and became a full-time member later. He worked in Nallamalla forest area, North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) and DKSZC, Central Regional Bureau (CRB) and Central Military Commission in various capacities. He carries a reward of Rs 2 lakh.

Ramanaiah was involved in the murder of Yellandu market committee chairman Sesharaju Goud and snatching of walkie-talkies from Kothagudem Thermal Power Station, Paloncha in Khammam district.

Following ill-health and to look after his ageing parents, he decided to come out to join the mainstream.

Sambaiah who has been associated with the movement since 1975 and when the party was founded in 1980 is a contemporary of party founder Kondapalli Seetaramaiah and worked with him for long.

A native of Nallabelli village in Sangam Mandal in Warangal district, Sambaiah went underground in 1980 and was shifted to Bastar in 1982 where he worked as National Park Area Committee commander.

He was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh Police at Manguru in 1984 when he came to secure weapons at Hyderabad. After his release in 1990, he organised Rythu Coolie Sangham meetings.

He again went underground and became National Park area sub divisional committee member.

Sarakka alias Kala (24), a native of Medaram village, Karimnagar district joined the Maoist party in 1997 and had been active in Jana Natya Mandali as a member. An orphan, she joined the party to avoid a forced marriage at home by her relatives.

Another Maoist who gave up arms was Dara Saraiah alias Sekhar (30), native of Munipalli village, Hasanparthy Mandal in Warangal district. He is involved in the killing of a teacher Avula Kattaiah in Munipalli village in 2006.

According to the SP, the Warangal district stood in the forefront in extending rehabilitation package to the surrendered cadre of various naxal groups in the State.

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Cop seriously hurt in Naxal attack in Andhra

March 18, 2007

Cop seriously hurt in Naxal attack in Andhra

RAJAHMUNDRY: An Assistant Sub-Inspector of police was seriously injured on Saturday in a mine blast triggered by Naxals in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district.

Ramana Murthy, attached to the Visakhapatnam unit of Grey Hounds (a special anti-Naxal wing of state police), was hurt when the Naxals blasted a claymore mine at Singamkota village of Y Ramavaram mandal, police said.

The injured ASI was air-lifted and admitted to KGH Hospital in Visakhapatnam, they said.

“After the blast the militants, said to be of Gurthadu Dalam, opened fired at the police party which was retaliated,” Officer on Special Duty for East Godavari Satyanarayana said.

In a joint combing operation, Grey Hound’s Visakhapatnam and East Godavari units moved into deep forest areas in Singanikota, but the Naxals managed to escape after the gunbattle, he said.

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Inspector held for murder of surrendered naxalite

March 18, 2007

Inspector held for murder of surrendered naxalite

HYDERABAD: Patancheru police inspector D Kishan Singh, his wife D Padma and his driver on Wednesday were taken into custody by the Special Operation Team (SOT) of the Cyberabad police for murdering a surrendered woman naxalite.

The accused Kishan Singh, his wife and driver confessed to murdering former CPI (Maoist) Medak District Committee Member P Nagamma alias Swarupa (30), on February 9, at his house in Prashantnagar in Vanasthalipuram.

After murdering Swarupa they dumped her body in the police van and set it on fire at an isolated place in Patancheru. Later the trio buried the burnt body. Swarupa’s family members lodged a complaint with Vanasthalipuram police after Swarupa had gone missing.

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Hyderabad court directs arrest of Maoist

March 18, 2007

Hyderabad court directs arrest of Maoist

Submitted by Tarique on Fri, 2007-03-16 11:29. India News

Hyderabad, March 16 (IANS) Taking a strong note of surrendered Maoist Nayeemuddin’s escape during hearing of a murder case, a local court Friday directed police to arrest and produce him on March 19.

The second additional metropolitan sessions court gave this direction while adjourning to Monday the trial in the police officer K.S Vyas murder case.

Nayeemuddin alias Nayeem, the second accused in the murder case, had escaped dramatically from Nampally criminal court Thursday when the court was hearing the case. On the pretext of answering nature’s call, he left the court room even as examination of witnesses was going on. He, however, did not return.

When judge L. Kedaracharyulu asked defence counsel B. Krishna Rao to summon his client, he apologised to the judge saying he could not access his client and the latter’s mobile phone was switched off.

The judge then issued non-bailable warrant against the former Maoist leader. The court directed the Special Intelligence Bureau to execute a non-bailable warrant.

Deputy Inspector General of Police K.S. Vyas was shot by Maoists at Lal Bahadur stadium here Jan 27, 1993.

Civil liberties group alleged that Nayeem, who had surrendered to the police about a decade ago, is involved in the murders of civil liberty activists and the plan to kill Maoist sympathiser and writer Varavara Rao.

He is believed to be heading a gang of surrendered Left radicals allegedly formed by police to eliminate rebel sympathisers.

The rights groups accuse police of going soft on Nayeem despite several cases pending against him

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Ex-naxal Nayeem gives court the slip

March 17, 2007

Ex-naxal Nayeem gives court the slip

HYDERABAD: Alleging threat to his life most probably from the police themselves, a former naxalite wanted in the murder of IPS officer K S Vyas in Hyderabad in 1993 appeared in a Nampalli court on Thursday and fled from the premises.

Incidentally, the accused, Nayeemuddin alias Nayeem, had filed a petition in the same court a day earlier alleging a threat to his life and sought adequate protection.

Appearing in the witness box on Thursday, the former naxalite told second additional metropolitan judge L Kedarachary that he was a diabetic patient and that he needed to urgently attend to a call of nature.

On being excused, Nayeem left the court unescorted and then disappeared. Attempts by Nayeem’scounsel B Krishna Rao to reach his client via cellphone proved futile. The judge waited till 3 pm and when the accused did not surface, issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

Nayeem is accused No. 2 in the murder case in which the IPS officer Vyas, who had established the elite anti-Naxal force Grey Hyenas, was gunned down by unidentified persons when he was jogging at Lal Bahadur Stadium on January 23, 1993.

That the police itself could be after his life gains credence due to the fact that several senior naxal leaders who were accused in the Vyas case, like Nalla Adi Reddy, Puli Anjayya and Mekala Damodar Reddy, were later killed in various alleged encounters.

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Maoists blow up revenue office in Visakhapatnam

January 4, 2007

VISAKHAPATNAM: Cadres of CPI (Maoist) blew up the Pedabayalu mandal revenue office in the district late on Tuesday night in retaliation to the exchange of fire in which party central committee member V Chandramouli and his wife Kavita were killed.

Eight Maoists reached the MRO office around midnight and blasted the building with detonators after sending out MRO Dharma Rao and deputy tahsildar Raghunath Panigrahi, who were sleeping in the office, and the watchman.

According to information reaching here, the Maoists condemned ‘murder of the Maoist couple’ and vowed to avenge the killings.

They appealed to people to make the bandh called by them on January 10, a success.

Upon receiving the information from the villagers after an hour, the Pedabayalu police visited the spot.

Following the incident, police intensified combing, in view of the possibility of more such attacks and reports of some top Maoist leaders moving in the area.

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